A new waste collection truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) recently hit the streets in Midwest City. A grant from the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) covered the cost of outfitting the new truck with the CNG system and tanks.
Public Works Director Paul Streets said, “The city of Midwest City appreciates ACOG’s support of our ongoing efforts to improve air quality in our own community as well as the central Oklahoma region.”
The grant for $49,834 was awarded in January 2018. Midwest City, along with the City of Norman, the University of Oklahoma and Cleveland County Rapid Transit, received funding for public-sector fleet alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure projects. The goal of the grant funding was to reduce emissions that cause ozone pollution. According to ACOG, the reduction in pollutants can lead to positive public health outcomes for central Oklahoma.
The projects were scored in a competitive grant process based on air pollution emission reductions achieved through replacing older high-mileage vehicles with new alternative flue vehicles and alternative fueling infrastructure.
The new truck is more efficient because it can be refueled overnight where the older truck required the driver to leave their route to refuel. It is also quieter as it makes its way through neighborhood than its predecessor.
Total cost of the new waste collection truck, with the CNG system and tanks, was $317,563.